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Enjoy a classic northern Tanzania itinerary with a difference: this 9-day tour combines game drives with walking, biking and canoeing in Tanzania’s best game-viewing destinations to deliver a comprehensive safari experience. Game drives are one of the best ways to see big game – and with Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti all lined up you will certainly see plenty of animals on your vacation. Yet leaving the 4×4 at camp and exploring by bike, on foot and by canoe allows you to discover the small and fascinating details of the savannah, with your expert guide pointing out birds, insects, reptiles and medicinal plants. It is the best of both worlds: in the vehicle you can of further but miss much of the detail; on your own steam you do not go quite as far but the reward is getting to know Africa from the ground up.

Accommodation after your opening two nights at a lodge in Arusha is in very comfortable tented camps. Your tent at every stop is large enough to stand up in and has a double bed with crisp cotton linen and a large en suite bathroom with a hot-water shower. These camps have been chosen for their low environmental impact but high reward: they are set in game-rich areas and allow easy access to some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa such as the Big 5 of the Ngorongoro Crater, the seasonal Serengeti Wildebeest Migration and the famous tree-climbing lions and huge flocks of flamingos of Lake Manyara.

This is an overland tour, driving between destinations with your driver-guide and allowing you time to sit back and watch the glorious African Rift Valley scenery unfold. There is an opportunity to interact with local Tanzanian cultures – you could take a bike trip to a local village at Ngorongoro – and the itinerary and activities will appeal to amateur wildlife photographers and adventurous safari travellers.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Unique mix of safari adventures across Arusha, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti
  • Big 5 Ngorongoro Crater safari to see elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard
  • Seasonal Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti from about October to June
  • Village tour and cultural encounters in Tanzania
  • Fascination treetop canopy tour at Lake Manyara
  • Authentic tented camp accommodation with suite bathrooms throughout
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Tour Duration: 4 Days
Start: Arusha, Tanzania
End: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Accommodations visited


Arusha, Tanzania

Rivertrees Country Inn
2 Nights

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp
1 Nights


Day to day

This tour begins with your arrival at Arusha’s Kilimanjaro International Airport when you are met by a tour representative and driven to Rivertrees Country Inn. Lying an hour out of town on the foothills of Mount Meru and with distant views of Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa, Rivertrees is the ideal place to rest and relax after your journey. There is a swimming pool and sun deck as well as complimentary Wi-Fi to catch up with news from home. The lodge has several interesting trails along the banks of the Usa River if you would like to stretch your legs and look for local wildlife like birds and perhaps a monkey or two.

What's Included?

  • Early morning descent into the crater for game drive
  • Flight from Seronera to JRO
  • Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Game drive into into Banagi Green Camp
  • Transfer from Arusha to Rivertrees Country Inn
  • Transfer to Central Serengeti
  • Transfer to Lake Manyara
  • Transfer to Mto wa Mbu for village walk or biking
  • Transfer to Serengeti
  • Transfer to Seronera Airstrip
  • Transfers to rim of the Ngorongoro Crater

What's Excluded?

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

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